When the Revenue Estimating Conference met last Thursday, they only found an additional $79-million to help with the FY 2016 budget shortfall.
“We still have a long way to go,” House Speaker Chuck Kleckley declared.
Senate President John Alario was marginally more optimistic.
“We’re getting closer, but we’ve still got a long way to go,” was Alario’s pronouncement.
With 24 days left in the session, I asked Kleckley and Alario to gaze into the crystal ball and make a few predictions about the budget.
“I think we can probably answer that better after we get it off the House floor,” Kleckley said, referring to the budget bill — HB 1, which will be debated by the full House on Thursday.